Monday, May 20, 2019

Exploring Space with Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate

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Good morning, and happy Monday, dear readers! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and the new week is off to a good start. Last week was particularly bad for me with caring for a sick kid, and the weekend culminating with my other child getting sick (with something different, I might add) and getting sick myself yesterday. I spent all day yesterday either resting and napping on the couch or my bed. While it makes for a less than glamorous story to share here, I am cautiously optimistic I am fully over it and can resume normal life. Cross your fingers for me!

While my weekend was certainly uneventful, I did have some time to paint my nails on Saturday during my kids' naptime. I had the cutest celestial-themed stamping plate from Born Pretty Store waiting for review and did I create an adorable manicure with it! Let's jump in and check it out!

This is the "Deep Cosmos" stamping plate (BP-A09). As you can see, it contains 14 etched images to choose from.

While there are certainly cosmic images on this plate, there are a few that I personally find to be a stretch for "cosmic". Adding in a few stars or a moon is a stretch for me, but in spite of that, I do still enjoy the images. The night city scene in particular is calling to me and will definitely be worn some time soon! The angel "Peace on Earth" is a little too holiday for me for this time of year and not quite to my taste in general. Other than this particular image, I can see myself using everything on this plate.

How cute is the image of shooting stars over the penguins? I generally don't gravitate towards penguins in nail art until the winter and will have to remember this image later in the year!

The Deep Cosmos Stamping Plate can be found here at Born Pretty Store.

Let's check out the nail art I created this weekend!

I love space-themed nail art and have often shared designs with planets and stars. While there are many of these styles on this plate to choose from, I opted to go a little different route and selected the astronaut image. Please pardon the bit of smearing from top coat issues on my one nail. Other than that, how cute is this manicure?

Normally when I sit down to do stamping, I grab my tried and true stampers. This time, however, I had a couple new stampers I purchased awhile back I wanted to try out. This experience left me rather well acquainted with this plate. One of my new stampers is firm, a fact I did not realize when I bought it. I still wanted to try it and found my firm stamper could not pick up the image on this plate at all. I quick tried it on a different plate by MoYou London and had success. I then attempted to stamp with my other new stamper that I had used once before with success. This second stamper is a little squishier than the first, and while it picked up some of the image, is still did not pick up the full image well. In the end, I used a third stamper that I love and is very squishy a slightly sticky. I had success with this final stamper picking up the full image and transferring it onto my nails.

I had already suspected the etching on this plate to be on the shallow side, and my testing utilizing several stampers in a range of firmness only confirmed it for me. Firm stampers do not transfer images well, if at all, on my curved nails so this is not a deal breaker for me, but it is something to be aware of if you tend to prefer a firm stamper. The images are really cute, and for such an affordable price, it's still worth checking out.

As you can see from this stamped image, I only got the astronaut and the lower part of Earth onto my nails. This is about the longest I keep my nails now, so if your nails are the same or shorter, you won't have the full image on your nails. I do like that this design is so accommodating to long nails, but I would have liked the astronaut and most of the earth to fit on my nails. The gap for the Earth up at my cuticles sadly just looks like the image transferred poorly. I am by no means a stamping expert, but this image is a little less forgiving than others I have used. Also, you can see the star pattern (four cardinal points-type) by the Earth loses its crispness due to the shallow plate etching.

I love the images on this plate, but I do wish it was etched deeper. Even with a dedicated stamping polish, I still needed to use a sticky and squishy stamper, often referred to as a "marshmallow" stamper, in order to fully pick up the image. While this is my preferred type of stamper, I know it doesn't suit everyone. I am still glad to have this plate, but it is sadly a little limiting for who can use it. This plate normally retails for $5.99, but at the timing of this post, it is on sale for $2.99.

While you are shopping, be sure to check out all the items Born Pretty Store has to offer for your nail art needs. Also, be sure to use the discount code QWL91 to save 10% on all full priced items. Please note I do NOT get any commission if you use the code; this is just a way for my readers to save some money on already affordable products. Free worldwide shipping is slower and can take up to 6 weeks although my experience has been between 3 and 4 weeks. Alternately, you can purchase expedited shipping and should have items in about a week. 

Other products used for this nail art look:
Literary Lacquers: Court of Dreams
Journey & Co: HALOgraphic
Powder Perfect : Black Stamping Polish

Have you used any products from Born Pretty Store? What types of nail art products do you like or dislike? Did you do your nails this weekend? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, May 16, 2019


More than 5,000 attendees ● Over 100 Beauty Brands ● 110 Educational Opportunities ●

8 Beauty Demo Stages ● 20 Countries Featured ● Over 200 Buyers

The Makeup Show NYC took place on May 5th and 6th at the Metropolitan Pavilion. This year, the show brought a great platform for attendees to network, learn, get inspired, and receive amazing deals from some of the most innovative indie brandsto the top beauty brands in the world! It also rang in more than 5,000 attendees that traveled in from all around the world including Australia, Russia, Ireland and England, and, nearly 200 members of the media and buyers, over 100 beauty brands, and more than 110 educational sessions on 8 demo stages.

Shelly Taggar, Owner of The Makeup Show states, “The Makeup Show is a beauty experience that brings artists together for a weekend of shopping, networking, and education. It’s so amazing to see how the artist community in New York supports us every year to celebrate this industry! This year was really special to us as we were committed to supporting global artists and brands from around
the world by featuring them in the show. It was an honor to see all these artists that traveled in from all around the globe. We are looking forward to continuing to support global artists at our upcoming shows including iArtist in Washington D.C. this summer. ”

Below you will find the highlights of what the weekend offered....

Over 110 Educational Opportunities: This year The Makeup Show NYC had more education than ever before, with over 110 opportunities spanning across the 8 demo stages! Seminars and main stage presentations have become a staple for artists to learn tips, tricks and techniques for career advancement. The show featured an exclusive lineup of today’s greatest celebrity artists including Daniel Martin, Tabatha Coffey, Erin Parsons, Danessa Myricks, Natasha Denona, James Vincent,
Damone Roberts, and many more. Each speaker covered a range of topics and themes such as innovation, trends and signature celebrity style.

FIRST-EVER International Stage: The FIRST-EVER International Stage sponsored by Danessa Myricks Beauty brought top artist from Russia, Australia, Israel, Dublin, England and more! These highly valuable and desirable makeup artists well-known from all over the globe shared their beauty secrets to attendees all weekend. This exclusive lineup consisted of Darya Kholodnykh, Isabelle De Vries, Mia Connor, Einat Dan, Vanessa Davis, Isabelle De Vries, Lorcan Jude Devaney, Pepe Gutierrez, Daniel Takahashi, Bastian Russ, and Ederson Oliveira. Each speaker covered a range of topics such as SFX, editorial looks and signature celebrity style.

“FACES” The Art Gallery Featuring Matthew Jordan Smith: Matthew Jordan Smith featured his passion and love of art at “FACES” art gallery this past weekend! Smith premiered some of his shots that included some of the most famous faces in the world, including Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah and Angela Bassett. His understanding of beauty and ability to capture the essence and individuality of each subject is unparalleled.

The Beauty Brunch: The Beauty Brunch was a perfect kick off to the weekend! This industry event brought 100 members of the media together and top makeup artists including Dick Page, Daniel Martin, Colleen Runné, Matin, Pati Dubroff, Sam Visser, Kabuki, Tracy Murphy, Hung Vanngo, and many international artists. This was a great way for press and makeup artist to mingle with fellow industry peers in a more intimate setting. Sipping on cocktails from Ketel One Botanical and
connecting with their favorite brands, artists, and press.

NYC Nights Fashion Show: From the famous uptown ball scene to the East village underground drag and the boroughs dance halls, New York City night life influenced music, fashion and makeup. On Sunday evening, The Makeup Show NYC celebrated these iconic places and the people who made them with NYC Nights, a cocktail event with a fashion presentation featuring look after look from local artists and The Makeup Show brands. Attendees listened to the music of well-known NYC DJ’s, watched drag done the NYC way and mingled with makeup peers while looks were being served.

Over 100 Beauty Brands: The Makeup Show NYC featured over 100 top beauty brands including Silver Sponsor Temptu, Frends, Ardell Beauty, Crown, and MAKE UP FOR EVER, Supporting Sponsors Alcone Company, NYX, Kiss, Inglot, and Smashbox Pro, Contributing Sponsors Pinnacle Cosmetics and GLAMCOR.

Innovative Indie Brands: The show once again was a platform for indie brands to share their newest innovation with pro-artists! Some of the most innovative show picks include CHROM Toothpolish who introduced their entire line of tooth polish for the first time, to SUVA Beauty’s UV HydraLiners, and MĀSK Skincare’s line of CBD sheetmasks. Other indie brand favorites were those created by pro-makeup artists, including Danessa Myricks Beauty, Rebels & Outlaws, Veil Cosmetics,
LippieBook, and Breakups to Makeup.

The Makeup Show Podcast LIVE Filming: The Makeup Show took their new podcast to the stage and hosted a LIVE segment with Danessa Myricks and James Vincent this past weekend at the show! James and Danessa chatted all things beauty and new episodes will be released every Wednesday. Tune into the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.

The Makeup Show is one of the largest professional makeup events in the United States offering artists the ultimate Beauty Experience. The show brings together more than 120 of the most exclusive beauty brands in the industry, an average of more than 5000 artists in each city and individuals from all over the world to learn techniques from master artists, mingle with peers, and shop their favorite
brands. The show focuses on career building and networking within the makeup community by presenting an unparalleled lineup of education and appearances from top beauty professionals, with 6-8 stages of education from legendary artists and industry experts, it provides a unique experience for the makeup professional to network directly with the best in the business. Owned and produced by Shelly Taggar and Alan Boss., The Makeup Show travels to NYC, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. Visit for more information.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Product Haul from The Makeup Show NYC

Happy hump day, dear readers! I'm finally getting to sit down this evening to get this post written, and I'm going to keep it short, sweet, and to the point so I can get it up quickly. After doing some serious updating on my laptop, I have finally been able to get photos from my time at The Makeup Show in New York City off my phone. Yay! The down side is the rest of my life has gotten a little crazy this week and I haven't had the opportunity to even look closely at them, let alone crop and get a post written. I'm going to try, but this may be the only blog post I get up this week. Until then, I wanted to get this post up for you!

The most requested blog post about my time at The Makeup Show was a haul post, so I'm giving you just that! I went in with a small budget and still spent more than I had originally planned. Here is a look at the things I picked up!

Face Prime & Protect

You already know by now that I live for this sunscreen, and the fact that it works well as a primer under makeup is a major win for me. In addition to the full sized tube, I did bring home a sample size to toss in my travel bag for my next trip.

Natasha Denona products are generally a bit out of my budget, but the deals at the show were too good to ignore! Even then, I still tried, but after watching more than one demo of makeup artists using the Bloom and Cranberry palettes in particular, I knew I needed them in my life. They may have pushed me over my planned budget, but I have zero regrets!

New brand alert! For those of you that don't mind or even really enjoy risque names, these lipsticks by Dirty Mind Cosmetics are sure to win you over! The brand currently only has six shades of lipstick in their lineup, and I actually picked up all six of them. Here's two to entice you until I get a blog post up showing them all off in their full glory!

Journey & Co

As a blog that originally started out with a strong focus on nail polish, I couldn't turn away from this brand. Not only is it a new brand, it was created by an inspiring 8 year old! I'll have more details on these here soon as well!

If you were following me on social media while at the show, you already saw a peek at these new Glōlighters. I had swatched them at the show for a photo, but an hour later I couldn't get them off my mind and had to make them mine. They are seriously so stunning in person!

Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray

While NYX Cosmetics is already a pretty affordable brand, it doesn't hurt when you can pick up items for a small discount! I naturally had to pick up these eyeshadow palettes to test them out, and I like that many of the shades coordinate well with each other across the palettes. The setting spray is also an affordable go-to for me so I picked up another one while shopping.

Glide-On Eye Pencil

I recently tested out the De-Slick setting spray when I picked up a travel sized bottle and really liked it! I opted to get a full-sized bottles since I could save a little cash; I suspect this is about to be very popular for me now that the weather is about to hit triple digits! I'm also a fan of Urban Decay's eye pencils and opted to add more shades to my small stash.

Kasha Lashes

Individual Silk Lash Pro Pack

I like to wear lashes, but I find most strip lashes aren't the most flattering on my hooded eyes. Sure, there are several that do work, but I've found myself lately gravitating towards individual lashes. These pro packs will be officially launching online tomorrow, but I couldn't resist the opportunity to snap up a pack and try out the brand. I opted for a set that includes short, medium, and long lashes although they are also available exclusively in one length if that is what you prefer.

Not to brag or anything, but I am actually pretty darn good about washing my makeup brushes every week. Normally I use a mat with some baby shampoo, and while that has always worked well for me, I figured I could treat my brushes to something a little nicer. After all, I do make them work hard for me! The original goat milk formula is supposed to be better for natural hair brushes while the vegan formula is ideal for synthetic brushes.

And this concludes my haul post! There were so many things I would have loved to have purchased, but with taking photos at the event and sitting in on demonstrations and presentations, time kind of ran away from me. Not to mention it can be a little overwhelming and budget constraints force me to adult when it comes to attending events like this. My husband did kindly inform me when I got home that he was getting credit card alerts as I was making purchases (we have a joint credit card account, nothing shady going on here), oops! At least he took it well and said he was happy to see a purchase come through because he knew I found something I really liked. Awwwww!

Have you tried any of these products? What new beauty items have you picked up recently? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, have a wonderful night!


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Thursday, May 9, 2019

My NYC Nails Featuring Rogue Lacquer's Bayou Mermaid

Greetings, dear readers! I'm currently having some computer/phone interface issues so my post about The Makeup Show in New York City is temporarily on hold. Until then, I thought I would share my nails for the event.

I didn't get my nails painted before I left town, but I knew exactly what I wanted for my manicure for the show. While attending Polish Con last month, I picked up a New Orleans grab bag by Rogue Lacquer. One of the items in the bag was Bayou Mermaid, a polish that was an exclusive created just for in the grab bag. I had been eager to get this beauty on my nails, and with the range of blues in my clothing for the weekend, it was the perfect opportunity. In my liquids bag it was tossed along with a base and top coat so I could be polished in the city. Check it out!

How pretty is this polish! The icy blue base is accented with blue shimmers and flakies in a plethora of colours.

This polish was a little on the sheer side, and I needed to use three coats to reach opacity on my nails. In spite of all the flakes, the application was a dream come true! They do give a bit of a textured feeling to the nails, but a couple coats of top coat smoothed my nails down nicely.

This polish is gorgeous, and I hope you picked up a New Orleans grab bag! Unfortunately it is no longer available on the website, but it totally needed some time to shine here on my blog! There are many other stunning Rogue Lacquer shades available with more on the way, so be sure to check out the website!

Cross your fingers for me that I am able to figure out my phone/computer interface issues so I can get my post on The Makeup Show soon!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful evening!

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

KBShimmer transitions us into warmer weather with the upcoming Suns Out Collection

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Greetings, dear readers! I hope you've been having a wonderful week! I got home from New York City early Tuesday morning, and I've been attempting to catch up on a few things at home before diving into the blog. I'll have a post about my time in NYC at The Makeup Show up soon so keep an eye out for it hopefully by the end of the week! Until then, I have a stunning nail polish collection to share with you!

 KBShimmer will be releasing the latest collection on Friday, and you will want to get your hands on all of them!

After a long winter inside, you can feel the excitement all around a temperatures finally start to rise; shorts and sandals come out of storage, the kids are outside, and soon, summer will be upon us! This collection of nine tri-thermal polishes featuring shifty aurora shimmer is the perfect way to bring on the new season. Whether you like to sunbathe by the pool or beach, love to go boating, or just enjoy spending the season in your own back yard, this collection has a nail polish for every warm weather occasion!

Thermals are often hit-or-miss for me as I often love the cold state, but as I tend to run warm, it is rare for me to see it. These tri-thermals, on the other hand, let me experience a range of colours on my nails all at once, and I am living for it! All photos are shown with three coats plus KBShimmer's Clearly On Top top coat.

Slay La Vie

This tri-thermal polish starts as a vibrant magenta color that quickly shifts to a bold rose hue, which then morphs into a shocking hot pink. Sparks of an indigo to blue aurora shimmer set off this pink hued polish.

Aft Backwards

This tri-thermal polish starts with a deep midnight shade accented by a bright indigo blue aurora shimmer. As your fingers warm, a grape purple gives way to a hot pink.

Aloe There

Aloe There is a tri-thermal polish that, when cold, is a rich forest green hue set off by orange-red to green aurora shimmer. Then, as your hands warm, a vibrant Kelly green changes into a bold lime green, really making that shimmer pop!

Reel Good Time

Reel Good Time is a tri-thermal polish that starts off as a deep eggplant burgundy color accented with an aurora shimmer that shifts from a flashy coppery red to green. As your hands warm, a purple-leaning indigo shifts to a light orchid pink.

Just Glow With It

Just Glow With It is a tri-thermal nail polish that when cold, starts as a near neon red. As your hands warm, a neon coral orange hue shifts to a vibrant hot pink. This bold polish is accented with classic aurora shimmer, going from a coppery orange to a bright green.

Pool Shark

This tri-thermal polish starts as a deep slate-leaning navy blue accented by a soft pink to green and gold aurora shimmer. When warmer, a deep periwinkle blue gives way to a light and bright sky blue for a truly pool-ready shade!

Grow With The Flow

Grow With The Flow is a tri-thermal polish that starts as a deep grape purple accented with a soft pink to golden green aurora shimmer. As it warms, a lavender-leaning-periwinkle gives way to a bright robin's egg blue that's just perfect to welcome spring and summer days!

That's S'more Like It

That's S'more Like It is a tri-thermal polish that starts as a milk chocolate brown glowing with bright aurora shimmer. As your hands warm, a fiery red gives way to a light orchid, while the shimmer shows off flashy gold and green tones.

Best Buds

This tri-thermal polish starts as a jean-like deep slate blue, then warms into a deepened orchid that gives way to a bright minty lime, all accented with classic aurora shimmer that goes from a coppery orange to a bright green.

I adore this new collection by KBShimmer, both because the colours are stunning and the formula is fantastic. Every shades applies beautifully to the nails and builds to opacity nicely. It was particularly warm in my house while I was swatching so I used three very thin coats on my nails to make sure it dried well and prevent bubbling. I think two normal coats would be sufficient on most people barring long nails or a very white free edge.

The Suns Out Collection will be launching May 10th at 10am EST at and select retailers.

Are you a fan of thermal polishes? Do you have any favorites from this collection? My top picks are Aloe There, Pool Shark, and Just Glow With It!

Until next time, dear readers, have a good night!

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